We have a local wagtail couple that have produced 2 families in our jasmine bush, these past two seasons. And I am happy to say that they have produced two new wagtails. I have been following their progress – from nest building to egg laying to hatchlings to fledglings. Now my new wagtail family enjoy my veggie patch and all the wonderful bugs that hang around there.

Do you remember these photos from the previous post? This one with the eggs in the nest was taken on the 3rd of October:

Three wagtail eggs!

The jasmine bush where the nest is hidden

Then on the 14th of October, I managed to get close enough to take a photo of Mommy Kwikkie on the nest. This is not a long lens either. She is ok with me working in the veggie patch, but I must watch my distance. In the other shot, I was literally 50cm away when I took this. They kept really low in the nest. I still could not see how many there were. I have a feeling there are only two babies!

Mommy on nest 

Baby birds in the nest! Cute!

Then over the past weekend, I was amazed at the two new wagtail “kids” flying and cruising around the veggie patch. The parents seemed more flustered than the babies when I come around the corner with my camera.

Here is the one baby – he sits and waits for mommy to feed him. The other one flies around and is more adventurous.

Yup – here is the mommy making sure “Junior” is fed.

Can you spot all four wagtails? You can see the young ones have shorter tails!

Well, soon they will be old enough to fend for themselves. I hope they all come back again. They are such a treat to have in the garden. They love all the miggies and bugs in the garden!  Well, see you again soon – !

Happy Gardening xxxx